Second overall for Chase Sexton, Hunter Lawre…

Ken Roczen managed a fourth-place finish in 450 Moto 1 and led Moto 2 before the lingering effects of the illness dragged him down to seventh and fifth overall. Jett Lawrence’s first 250 race ended early with a mechanical issue, but he bounced back to win Race 2 for ninth overall.

Sexton finished the first lap of the 450’s first outing in fifth place, then moved up a spot to around a quarter. Lap 10 saw him pass his teammate (who had run third for the first part of the race), and four laps later Sexton was past Joey Savatgy for second. He finished the race six seconds behind Eli Tomac, with Roczen fourth. The German led the first 10 laps of Moto 2 before his illness caught up with him, and he slowly slipped to seventh place. Sexton had started poorly, placing him sixth after the first lap, and he had a knockdown when he hit a fallen Jason Anderson. Nonetheless, he raced through the field to second place on lap 11, crossing the line again just six seconds behind.

Hunter Lawrence got off to a good start in 250 moto 1 and led the first five laps before being passed by his brother. When Jett ran into his problem, the elder Lawrence took the lead again, but Hunter was in conservation mode and was passed by Jo Shimoda with six laps to go. Moto 2 saw Hunter race early again, as this time Jett recovered from a poor start, finishing Round 1 in eighth. On lap 5, the defending champion was second and he moved his brother to the front just after the halfway point. Jett and Hunter were 1-2 at the finish, but Shimoda’s third-place finish gave him the overall win.

REMARKS

  • All Honda HRC team machines wore special Throttle Jockey graphics at RedBud, celebrating Independence Day weekend with a retro look of the 1996 Motocross des Nations, when the US team (including Steve Lamson and Jeremy McGrath mounted on Honda) took victory in Spain.

  • RedBud MX is Throttle Jockey’s home race, and on Friday night they hosted a party in the Honda HRC team pits, celebrating their 30th

  • Jett’s mechanical issue cost him a probable 250 Moto 1 win and ended his winning streak at four, but his performance in Moto 2 took his Moto 2 win total to 14.

  • The National RedBud featured an amateur Scouting Moto Combine, with Honda HRC Team’s Chance Hymas taking part. Unfortunately, crashes affected the Idaho driver’s performance, and he went 11-4 for eighth place overall.

  • The week before RedBud, Honda HRC team test rider Trey Canard and Hymas chose to compete in Mammoth Motocross, a popular event in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. Canard took the overall wins in the 450 Pro and Open Pro Sport, as well as second place in the 250 Pro. Hymas finished second overall at the Open Pro Sport.

  • Along with the Ironman National, RedBud is a home race for Chase Sexton, a native of La Moille, Illinois (about three hours west). He had a number of guests on hand, including his immediate family and members of his extended family.

  • Weather conditions were perfect for RedBud, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s.

  • Fire Power Honda announced last week the signing of Max Anstie to a three-round contract that marks the team’s debut in AMA Pro Motocross (although it regularly competes in AMA Supercross).

  • Chase Sexton and Ken Roczen were officially fourth and sixth in the combined 450 qualifying times, although Sexton’s second session was marred by a transponder issue. (The team’s own data showed Sexton had very fast times.) In 250 qualifying, Hunter and Jett Lawrence finished second and third, respectively.

  • Cruising through the field in the second 450 race, Sexton set the fastest lap on the bike, with Roczen second fastest. Jett Lawrence had the fastest time in the first 250 races and Hunter Lawrence had the fastest time in Race 2.

  • This week there were co-winners of the Honda HRC Team Excellence Award, with truck drivers Mike Spraker and Scott Heltsley sharing well-deserved honors.

  • Jett’s Moto 1 issue caused him to lose the 250 class point lead to Hunter, who now has a seven-point margin and will go to the next round with the red plate on his CRF250R. Sexton still leads the 450 division, now with a seven-point lead, which would be eight without a 1-point penalty at Thunder Valley for jumping under a wheelie flag on the ground.

  • Next up for the Honda HRC team is this Saturday’s Southwick National in Massachusetts, which will mark the midpoint of the series.

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